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Giller Prize Announces 2018 Shortlist

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Giller Prize 2018

Today, at the Scotiabank Centre in Toronto, the Scotiabank Giller Prize announced its 2018 shortlist.

CBC Radio’s Gill Deacon hosted the special event, while 2018 jury members Kamal Al-Solaylee, Maxine Bailey, Philip Hensher and Heather O’Neill were on hand to announce the 2018 finalists and read citations for each title.

“I couldn’t be more delighted for these five authors,” said Elana Rabinovitch, Executive Director of the Scotiabank Giller Prize. “Their books reflect the breadth and width of human experience, creativity and consciousness. The Canadian literature we are seeing continues to deepen and expand in quality and excellence. I’m proud that the Scotiabank Giller Prize can help highlight such important works.”

The five titles were chosen from a longlist of 12 books announced in St. John’s, NL on September 17, 2018. One hundred and four titles were submitted from publishers across the country.

The shortlist for the 2018 Scotiabank Giller Prize is:

  • Patrick deWitt for his novel French Exit, published by House of Anansi Press
  • Eric Dupont for his novel Songs for the Cold of Heart, translated by Peter McCambridge, published by QC Fiction, an imprint of Baraka Books
  • Esi Edugyan for her novel Washington Black, published by Patrick Crean Editions, an imprint of HarperCollins Canada
  • Sheila Heti for her novel Motherhood, published by Knopf Canada
  • Thea Lim for her novel An Ocean of Minutes, published by Viking Canada

The 2018 Scotiabank Giller Prize shortlisted books are available in accessible format for print-disabled Canadians through the National Network for Equitable Library Service NNELS (nnels.ca) and the Centre for Equitable Library Access CELA (celalibrary.ca).

Award-winning comedian Rick Mercer as the host of the Scotiabank Giller Prize Gala on November 19th. This is the third time that the political satirist and Newfoundland native has hosted the literary gala and it will be Mercer’s first on-air appearance as host since concluding his hugely successful 15-season run as host of CBC’s award-winning and beloved series The Rick Mercer Report.

The 2018 Scotiabank Giller Prize will air on Monday, November 19th, on CBC at 8 p.m. ET (11:30 AT / Midnight NT), CBC Radio One at 8 p.m. ET (9:00 AT/ 9:30 NT) and will be livestreamed at CBCBooks.ca at 8 p.m. ET.

The winner of the Scotiabank Giller Prize will be given an opportunity to explore, expand, and develop their practice during a two-week, self-directed residency in Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity’s exclusive Leighton Artists’ Studios.  Located on Treaty 7 territory in Banff National Park, Banff Centre is Canada’s largest post graduate arts and leadership training institute (banffcentre.ca)


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